Monday, March 21, 2011

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Huntley Funded Group Protest Arrests of the Senators Aids for Member Item Corruption

A church coalition protesting the arrest of a top aide to Queens Sen. Shirley Huntley and three other people for allegedly misusing taxpayer money has itself received taxpayer money from Huntley. Clergy United for Community Empowerment has received $70,000 in member items from Huntley since 2007, according to government transparency website Project Sunlight. Last week, the church group announced plans to rally outside a Nassau County courthouse Feb. 1 to protest the indictments of Patricia Savage, a legislative aide to Huntley, and three other individuals – Lynn Smith, Roger Scotland and David Gantt. The four were indicted last month by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on charges they falsified documents to steal $30,000 in taxpayer money meant for an education nonprofit. Lelani Clark, a spokeswoman for the coalition, said she couldn’t comment on whether the group should have disclosed its connections to Huntley in announcing plans to rally in support of the senator’s aide. “The focus of that press release was the rally,” Clark said. “I don’t have any comment on that.” A spokesman for Huntley also declined comment.(C&S)



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